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Handcuffed Ottawa teen punched in the face twice by officer during unlawful a...
by Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 2:28pm
A teenager who was pulled over for not signalling a lane change and then punched twice in the face as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car had his rights repeatedly violated by an Ottawa police officer, a judge has ruled. Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois said the unlawful arrest, unreasonable search […]

Carbon monoxide scare prompts Rideau Centre evacuation
by Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 1:35pm
A portion of the Rideau Centre was evacuated briefly Friday afternoon after a carbon monoxide detector in one of the stores sounded a warning of high levels of the potentially deadly gas. Firefighters were called to the mall just after noon and confirmed elevated carbon monoxide levels of between 30 and 50 parts per million. […]

Carleton University president to step down for 'new leadership opportunity'
by Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 1:22pm
Carleton University president and vice-chancellor Roseann O?Reilly Runte has announced her resignation from the school, effective July 31. Her resignation, announced at Carleton?s board meeting on Thursday, follows a nine-year career with the school. According to a release from the university on Friday, she is leaving to pursue a ?new leadership opportunity.? Details on exactly […]

Sisters of Charity hand over health-care operations to Bruyère
by Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 1:12pm
The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa signed over ownership of the lands and buildings that make up Bruyère Continuing Care to the health-care organization during a ceremony Friday attended by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and numerous local officials. The ?passing of the flame? from the Sisters of Charity to Bruyère will change little in the […]

City hall blog: The two other city projects that need federal money
by Jon Willing
24 Mar 2017 at 1:07pm
Lost in the anticipation of being showered with transit and housing money by the federal government is the ongoing sleeper issue of digging a potentially multibillion-dollar traffic tunnel under Sandy Hill. It?s hard to talk about building a car and truck tunnel when we?re trying to build more than $5-billion worth of rail systems across […]

Snow, snow, go away: City has new unwelcome record and more white stuff in th...
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
24 Mar 2017 at 1:05pm
Oh, come ON! A Twitter user spoke for many of us when she surveyed a car blanketed with snow Friday morning, and that was before setting out for a messy commute on snow-covered roads. Not only was the snow an unwelcome surprise, it set a new record in the weather hall of infamy. The 10-plus cm […]

11 towers, 209 storeys: A glimpse at what could be coming to a skyline near you
by Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 12:32pm
This is a story about storeys: 209 of them, to be exact. From the large-scale redevelopment of an aging shopping mall to a new retirement complex in Barrhaven to an infill project in Old Ottawa East, the 11 towers of varying shape and size up for consideration next week by Ottawa’s planning committee represent a combined total of […]

Hull Hospital recovering after Thursday flooding
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 12:15pm
Water that cascaded down from a broken pipe on the fourth floor Thursday hit the Hull Hospital in its most sensitive areas ? intensive care and the surgical floor. It didn?t inconvenience large numbers of patients in those areas, a top hospital official said Friday, but those who were affected are the ones most in need of […]

Federal budget reinvigorates National Research Council: Internal memo
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 11:51am
The National Research Council is expecting the coming year to be a lot better than its disaster-ridden 2016, thanks to a supportive federal budget. An internal email to employees from new president Iain Stewart says that “in particular the renewed $59.6M for the NRC, demonstrates the Government?s confidence in the organization.” (This is for research in partnership with businesses.) Stewart also […]

Reevely: Queensway Carleton Hospital plans $10M expansion for mental health
by David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 11:44am
By 2019, psychiatric patients at the Queensway Carleton Hospital shouldn’t feel as though they’re locked away in a sanitarium, hoping for passes to visit the Tim Hortons so they can be in a nicer place than the one where they’re supposed to be getting better. The hospital is planning a $10-million renovation to its 24-bed […]

Police issue more than 500 tickets in week-long post-break school blitz
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
24 Mar 2017 at 11:20am
Ottawa police traffic officers handed out 504 tickets in a four-day school-zone blitz as kids headed back to school after March break. Police announced the results Friday of the campaign hunting down motorists who speed, fail to yield to pedestrians and school crossings, don’t obey crossing guards or school bus signs or are distracted behind […]

Canada Revenue penalizes OCH for late payment
by Jon Willing
24 Mar 2017 at 11:18am
Ottawa Community Housing has been penalized $23,844 because it missed a deadline for sending paycheque deductions to the Canada Revenue Agency. The revelation is in a report to the OCH board of directors, who could be personally liable if the revenue agency doesn?t receive the pay deductions, which include income tax, Canadian Pension Plan payments and […]

Three new farmers' markets up for consideration
by Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 11:17am
There could be a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables coming to three Ottawa neighbourhoods. The planning committee will be asked Tuesday to formally approve farmers’ markets in three locations, two of which are new ? Village Square Park in Stittsville, the Byron Linear Tramway Park in Westboro and the Riverview park and ride in south Ottawa. […]

Citizen story on police oversight nominated for Canadian Association of Journ...
by Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen
24 Mar 2017 at 10:18am
The Citizen’s Tyler Dawson has been nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his July 2016 feature on the turbulent issue of how Ontario polices its police. The story, Police oversight: How the stakes got so high, examines the province’s slow march toward police accountability that began with the formation of the Special […]

Three Brockville school children fall ill after sharing parents' prescription...
by Lois Kirkup
24 Mar 2017 at 9:40am
  Three Brockville elementary students were taken to hospital Thursday after ingesting medication taken from a student?s parents. No one was seriously harmed in the incident, which Brockville police are using to highlight the need for caution. Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, officers and paramedics responded to a local public school after a student brought […]

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